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Rx for Rangeland
Mon Jan 7, 2013 01:39 PM CST

The historic drought of 2011 was devastating for the tallgrass prairie in North Texas. While no one escaped unharmed, the JA Ranch, of Bowie, came out better than average because its healthy grasses protected the soil, allowing the soil to process the rain that did fall.

Grasses here in Montague County are mostly big and little bluestem, switchgrass and Indiangrass that evolved with range fires and wandering buffalo herds.

JA Ranch owner J.K. "Rooter" Brite's family has been acquiring land here since the Great Depression, when his grandfather bought his first bankrupt ranch. ...

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